February 2015 Devotion
With Much Hope
Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner
Hope is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of the Christian warrior. It enables us to see that our problems, regardless of size, are within the power of the Almighty. Further, we remember that God loves us during our worst possible moments. This is not an ignorant wish for a better day, but rather an understanding that God is in control of our lives.
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psa. 119:50, NIV)
I am more than familiar with pain. Bone cancer can be excruciating; yet, through these harsh moments, I have been able to remember that my anguish has a divine purpose. In my opinion, if one can keep this hope in God’s love, any obstacle can be overcome. I am learning to celebrate the fruitfulness, which accompanies this suffering.
“we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Rom. 5:3-5, NIV)
Beloved, all of us face difficulties throughout our days. God does not promise to spare us from these tribulations; however, His love will never depart from our lives. This is an eternal hope that enables our confidence in His power. Therefore, I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic but rather “Christomistic.” What does that mean? Whatsoever each day brings, Jesus will enable me to stand by His power. May God’s peace brighten your day!
Lord, You are the Light in the darkness of our days; You are the Joy in our bleakest of times. May we always remember that You carry us when we cannot continue our walk in this world. In Your mighty name we pray. Amen!